Free Crochet Pattern: Baby Pufferfish

The fully-grown pufferfish from my original pattern are bored, so here's a set of baby pufferfish to keep them entertained!

crocheted baby pufferfish in pink

Click the photo above to read more.

Basic Info:


5 sc x 5 rows = 1" x 1"

Finished Measurements:

Completed fish is about 2 1/4" long and 2" tall.

Suggested Materials:

US Size E crochet hook, or size required to achieve gauge

Lily Sugar'n Cream: Hot Pink
Lily Sugar'n Cream: Tea Rose
(or a worsted-weight yarn of your choice. Yardages required are very minimal. Much less than a skein per color.)

Needle and thread


6mm black safety eyes, or eyes of your choice

Felt (if leaving out the crocheted fins and tail)

Making the Pieces:

(make 1 in Hot Pink)

ch 4, 2-dc cluster in 3rd loop from hook, ch 1, fasten off
join again in next stitch (the last stitch of the chain), ch 3, 2-dc cluster in same space as join, ch 1, fasten off


(make 2 in Hot Pink)

ch 2, dc 2 in first chain st, ch 2, sl st 1 in same space as prev. dc. Fasten off


Top Fin:
(Make 1 in Hot Pink)

ch 3, hdc 1, dc 2 in 1, ch 2, sl st in same space as prev. dc, fasten off


(Make 1 in Tea Rose)

Round 1: sc 6 in magic ring, continue around in a spiral {6 sts}
Round 2: [inc] around {12 sts}
Round 3: [sc 1, inc] around {18 sts}
Round 4: [sc 5, inc] around {21 sts}
Rounds 5 through 7: sc around {21 sts}
Round 8: [sc 5, dec] around {18 sts}
Round 9: [sc 1, dec] around {12 sts}
Round 10: [dec] around, fasten off {6 sts}

Fill with stuffing, stitch end closed.

Tip: I paused at the end of Round 4 to add safety eyes. Add the eyes on both sides between Rounds 3 and 4.
adding eyes to the crocheted fish

Tip #2: I found it easier to add the stuffing by pausing after Round 9, adding the stuffing, then going on with Round 10.


All-crocheted Version:

Using needle and thread, tack the Fins, Top Fin, and Tail onto the Body.

Tip: I suggest pulling the yarn ends of the fins through the Body to roughly place them, then using the needle and thread to more precisely and strongly attach them.

For reference, the Fins attach between Rounds 5 and 6 of the Body, on either side. The Top Fin is centered between the side fins. The Tail is placed vertically over Round 10 of the Body.

Stitch mouth using contrasting yarn.
front view of crocheted fish

This completes the all-crocheted version of the baby pufferfish!
side view of crocheted fish

Felt Version:

Tip: If the crocheted Tail and Fins are too finicky for your tastes, they can be replaced by felt pieces. To replace these pieces with felt, cut out your tail and fins according to the template below:
template for felt pieces

To attach the fins, first stitch the felt onto the Body using needle and thread. The seam's position on each felt piece is marked by the dotted line on the template above.

For reference, the Fins attach between Rounds 5 and 6 of the Body, on either side. The Top Fin is centered between the side fins. The Tail is placed vertically over Round 10 of the Body.

stitching felt tail onto fish

Once the felt pieces are tacked onto the Body, fold the felt in half with the seam just made as the fold, and whipstitch closed around the edges.

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<p><br>Stitch mouth using contrasting yarn.<br><img src=

This completes the felt version of the baby pufferfish!side view of crocheted fish

Never have I seen anything so cute!

Anonymous   |   Sat, 2015-01-10 09:32

Oh my goodness! This is the most adorable little amigurumi! I am in love. Just finished one, and could not be more thrilled! Thank you so much for sharing your adorable little pattern! These are so perfect I can't wait to go for more. ;) Still need to tuck in my ends of my first little guy, though. Ugh. Hate those yarn ends!

Thank you again for sharing this pattern. That's super amazing of you!

It's so

Anonymous   |   Thu, 2012-07-26 12:54

It's so cute!

So cute!

wdyayo   |   Mon, 2012-05-28 18:35

soooooo cute! I made a purple one with yellow fins and I'm gonna make another one soon! Also, I really LOVE the expansion packs from creepy cute crochet (my fav book) and I'd like to see more......maybe some Egyptians? Thx for everything XD


Anonymous   |   Fri, 2011-09-30 10:29

I tried the crocheted tail several times, but i just don't get how you do it. They never look like yours, but more round and like a pair of cat ears

Yeah, the tail is kinda

NeedleNoodles   |   Wed, 2012-01-25 21:14

Yeah, the tail is kinda fiddly.

How pointed or rounded the tips of the tail wind up being depends a lot on how you weave in your yarn ends after you fasten off, and there isn't really a hard and fast rule on how to do this-- you need to just play with with it until it "looks right." (...and yes, I know how frustrating that can be at times. Trust me.)

:o) 2

Win Guy   |   Fri, 2011-09-23 00:35

I totally agree with Anonymous.


Anonymous   |   Thu, 2010-10-07 16:30

I think I've already told you this, but YOU ARE MY CROCHET HERO. Really. Your Creepy Cute book was my very first amigurumi book, and it makes me happy. And warrior and vampire.
Cheers! :o)

merci beaucoup pour ce joli

Anonymous   |   Wed, 2010-09-15 07:20

merci beaucoup pour ce joli poisson


Anonymous   |   Sat, 2010-09-04 07:39

Aww, these are adorable... thanks for sharing! :3